Three-star linebacker Junior McMullen, of Oak Park, parts ways with Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MI – Junior McMullen, a three-star linebacker from Oak Park, announced on social media he has decommitted from the Western Michigan football program. McMullen, who originally committed to WMU in March, according to, made his announcement on Twitter Friday. “Even though this is a hard thing to do right now, I’ve decided to de-commit […]

WMU basketball forward Mario Matasovic carving out role as productive, ‘hilarious’ reserve with Croatian touch

KALAMAZOO, MI — There are some language and culture barriers Mario Matasovic has had to overcome and his Western Michigan teammates use that to their advantage when they joke around with the sophomore forward. It’s taken Matasovic, a native of Croatia, time to understand some things about the American culture, but his ability to respond and join in […]

Steel Forming Systems’ new location in Grand Haven allows for new equipment, expanded services

GRAND HAVEN, MI – A Grand Haven metal component manufacturer has expanded its operation. Steel Forming Systems Inc. (SFS), which specializes in roll forming, announced that it has moved its operation to a large building located at 14080 172nd Ave. in Grand Haven on Jan. 21. The new location isn’t far from where the old […]

Gazelle Sports to open first Metro Detroit store

Gazelle Sports, which expanded its Grand Rapids location, shown here, in 2011, plans to open a Metro Detroit location June 2015. (MLive file photo)Shandra Martinez |  GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gazelle Sports is expanding into Metro Detroit. The running, soccer and active lifestyle specialty retailer, with stores in Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo, will […]

Michigan Lottery ticket purchased at Muskegon County store nets winner $1.05 million

MUSKEGON, MI – A Michigan Lottery Lotto 47 winner of more than $1 million dollars bought the ticket at a Muskegon County grocery store and gas station. The winning ticket for the Jan. 24 drawing, whose numbers were 02-04-14-17-27-30, was purchased at EA Grocery, 5586 E. Apple Ave., in Muskegon. By matching all six numbers […]

Fishing frenzy: White River Steelheaders 31st Annual Perch Festival promotes sport, awards prizes

MONTAGUE, MI – A bad day fishing usually is better than a good day doing nearly anything else. At least for the White River Steelheaders, this remains to be true. Hundreds of local residents turned out Sunday, Jan. 25 to wrap up the White River Steelheaders’ 31st Annual Perch Festival at the Montague VFW building. […]

Muskegon top headlines: Winterfest in Grand Haven, Muskegon prison stabbings and unexpected turnout at Cinderella event

MUSKEGON, MI – Here are the top MLive Muskegon Chronicle headlines for Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Winterfest creates a “block party” atmosphere with Dumpster dive, long johns run and bonfires in downtown Grand Haven At 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23, the Harborfront parking lot in downtown Grand Haven was free of snow.  Seven dump […]

Clayton Hardiman: In a violent world, MLK’s belief in peace and nonviolence must be remembered

MUSKEGON, MI — I remember a late night — early morning actually — when my car broke down. There was no warning light or rattle. It simply stopped. I coasted to the snowy edge of the highway. The nearest intersection was miles either way. This was before the proliferation of mobile phones. I had no […]

Michigan State wastes another 18-rebound day from Branden Dawson in loss to Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. — Of all the statistics about this Michigan State basketball team, this one may be the most baffling: When Branden Dawson records 18 rebounds, Michigan State is 0-2. The second of those two losses came Saturday, when the senior forward’s efforts went for naught in a 79-77 loss at Nebraska. The Spartans (13-7, […]